Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

April 4, 2017 – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Saint Isadore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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A Reading from the Book of Numbers (21:4-9)

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,

“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

 

Reflect: We have sinned in complaining against the Lord. Are we there yet? It’s as if the people of God “with their patience worn out by the journey” just can’t see that God is in their midst. Likewise, in today’s gospel reading (John 8: 21-30), the Pharisees can’t grasp the message of Jesus. After Jesus pronounces, “If you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins”, they ask, “Who are you?” As we enter the homestretch of Lent, maybe we are worn out from the journey; maybe we are tired from the burdens of life and find ourselves complaining against the Lord. Our encouragement comes from Psalm 27: “Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord!” Jesus invites us to look upon his love for us from the cross. He wants us to know that there is hope, peace and strength in the victory that he has already won for us. May our grousing against God be changed into rejoicing – we are almost there!

Questions: Do I find myself complaining against the Lord? How might I need to be more patient, strong and stouthearted, as I wait upon the Lord? As I gaze upon the cross, do I recognize that the death of Jesus is actually a victory of love that he won for me?

Pray: Loving God, help me to persevere on this journey toward you knowing that you are with me on every step of the way.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you!

Saint Isadore was a leader in the Church in the seventh century. He was Bishop of Seville (Spain) and presided over the Council of Toledo. He was a valiant combatant against Arianism in Spain. He was known as the “Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages”.

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